Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas! :)

Buon Natale a tutti! :) Merry Christmas!

So, I always want to respond to each of y'alls emails, but there's just never enough time! Sorry!

Dad, thanks for the emails, and the pictures, and the updates! Disney looked great :)

I told Courtney, but I'll just tell you, too. I dunno exactly when I'll be calling/skyping (or, which I'll be doing!), but my comp. wants to do it around 6pm our time, which is around 12pm (noon) y'alls time, I think. It's not set in stone, but that's the time frame we're looking at. So, just so y'all know :) Can't wait to talk to you guys!

Okay, stories this past week. So, we had a lesson with a guy after our English class. But, it wasn't really a lesson. It was kinda just him trying to tell us why Joseph Smith wasn't a Prophet, and trying to teach us, telling us to be open-minded... it was kinda crazy. The spirit definitely was not there. We had to leave, and we told him (because it was getting close to 9pm), and he said something along the lines of, "Oh, it's okay. I would be scared, too". Ooh, that night. Then, after the lesson, one of the members offered to give him a ride home, and our bishop asked to talk to us. He told us that this guy had met with the missionaries before, and that he ended up being a problem with the sisters... so, he asked us to stear clear of him. Not a problem, because we we hadn't planned to contact him again, anyway. He just wanted to argue. But, the crazy thing is, we got him from a street contact! We try to ask for referrals from everyone, and after someone on the street said they weren't interested, we asked for a referral, and he gave us this guys name and number... I wonder if he did that on purpose. Humph. I dunno.

Poi (then) we found this awesome girl, and we're teaching her now! She's studying with the Testimoni di Geova, but only because she's searching, and trying to find what's right. Hello! So great. She has a little daughter, and they're just great.

Oh! And, okay, one night we made the decision to go running in the morning to the train station, to check out train times... so, we wake up, get ready, and my colega says to look outside. SNOW! So cute! We ended up running, anyway! Haha, it wasn't that bad. I made a snowball, and threw it at a pole... and hit the pole, dead center! I felt accomplished :) Ha. Ma, then we had another Scambio/Blitz this week! We did 2 this transfer, so fun :) Except this time we switched, and my comp. was with the other Sr. comp (Lofley), and I was with Sorella Hoppe - I was in the MTC with her! She's so fun, I love her :) She's probably the happiest person in the world, and has no fear. And, she's already killing the Italian language. She's from Germany, speaks English, lived a year in Spain, and speaks all those languages (maybe French, too?), so she's got experince with language learning. I love her. She came with me to our ward Christmas party, and that was so fun! I loooove this ward in Collegno so much. I'm gonna be so sad when I leave. The dinner was a Christmas dinner/farewell for one of our guys, who's going to Australia for his mission! It was so fun, there were games, delish food... ah, wonderful.

Um, okay! I'm running out of time! Agh :/

Okay, so this week is "senior week",  where the Jr. comp takes charge of all teaching situations... but, my comp. is making me in charge of everything. It's kinda great, kinda super frustrating. But, I'm learning! Ha. We went to teach this one guy, and he's basically my favorite person in the world. We were outside one day, and this guy kept looking back at us. So, we started walking after him, and when we reached up to him we started talking. He's from Gana, he doesn't speak a lot of Italian, doesn't have a job, he's living with his uncle, his uncle makes him go to church with his family (7th Day Adv.), and he's just super sad with life right now. Although, you couldn't tell, because he just smiles and keeps pushing forward. He's amazing! We had a lesson with him, and he basically taught us (minus the Restoration/LDM). He's so sweet, so prepared, and accepted a soft bapt. invite! He practically invited himself to church, but he said, "I wish I could come visit your church, but my uncle wouldn't like that.", and he doesn't want to be disrespectful to his uncle. We just gotta pray that he can get a job, so he can move out! There's so much to his story, I could go on forever. But, he's just a miracle, for me.

Then, yesterday was Zone Conference! Soooo great! Christmas :) We got our little presents (that I explained in the other picture email), we did some singing, with some Nativity stuff. We sang Rudolph, and I was Rudolph. It was really terribly embarassing. Haha. Oh, I just have to say. There's this one Elder, Anziano Johnson, who was a transfer behind me in the MTC. He is the funniest person in the whole wide world (almost). I figured it out, he is a mixture between all of my brothers + Will Ferrell. Basically, every word that comes out of his mouth makes everyone laugh - kinda how Luke is making witty/funny remarks all the time, but along with all the funny/goofy/silly things that all the Willis boys do, all thrown into one. It's great. Whenever I see him, though, he reminds me of Kaleb. I dunno why. Ha.

Um, I gotta go! But, I love y'all bunches! Merry Christmas to everyone! :) I'll talk to y'all less than a week! :) :)
Ciao ciao! Ci sentiamo, presto! :)

Sorella Willis

Rude Boys Torino. I have no idea why this got popular, but there's a door in our apartment, where every copia (companionship) has taken a picture at that wall, and put it on the door. So, we did it! (we forgot to do it with Sorella Eaton, but I'm gonna do something creative to make it/make up for it)

So, every year Mission President gets all the Anziani matching ties, and the Sorelle matching scarves. These are our scarves - so cute! But this year, they talked with the Rome Mission, and now every missionary in Italy (Milan and Rome) has the same ties and scarves! So cool! :)
Training day in Torino! :)


  1. I love that Sorella Willis is always so positive, upbeat, and happy. I'm glad there are fun missionaries who make her laugh and remind her of her brothers. Life is to be enjoyed and we are all envious of Sorella Willis's life as a missionary in Italy. She warms my heart with her emails.

  2. I forgot to mention, I LOVE the matching scarfs! Super cute!!! What a great gift from the Mission President's wife.